Airbus will establish new A321 production capabilities at its site in Toulouse so it can be more flexible when making the plane and its variants.
By mid-2022 the current A380 Lagardère facility in Toulouse will accommodate a digitally-enabled A321 line as a step to modernise the A320 production system in Toulouse.
The new facilities will provide more flexibility for A321 production, while keeping the overall single aisle industrial capacity in Toulouse flat.
“We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our winning A320neo Family and especially its A321 Long Range (LR) and Xtra Long Range (XLR) derivatives,” said Michael Schoellhorn, Airbus COO.
“In order to optimise the industrial flow, we have decided to increase our global A321 production capacity and flexibility as well as to establish a next generation Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.”
Currently, the only European final assembly line to assemble A321s is at Airbus’ Hamburg site. In addition, the A321 is also being assembled and delivered from Alabama in the US.
Toulouse was selected for several reasons, including overall competitiveness, time-to-market, investment cost, available floor space and resources.